Francesco Casu
Francesco Casu
+39 081-76206 23
Director of Research


Francesco Casu research activity is related to algorithm development for studying and processing Sinthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. In particular, his main interests are on Differential SAR Interferometry (DInSAR) and on the Small BAseline Subset (SBAS) Technique.


Curriculum_Casu_Eng3_50782367202d4.pdf Curriculum_Casu_Eng3.pdf

Francesco Casu received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) and the PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, in 2003 and 2009 respectively. Since 2003, he has been with the IREA-CNR (Napoli, Italy) where he currently holds a permanent Researcher position.

He was a Visiting Scientist with the University of Texas at Austin (2004), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena (2005), and the Department of Geophysics at the Stanford University (2009). His main research interests are in the DInSAR field, in the multi-pass interferometry (particularly concerning the improvement of the SBAS-DInSAR algorithm) and in the SBAS-DInSAR measurement assessment. He is also involved in the development and application of DInSAR techniques to data acquired by novel generation satellites such as COSMO-SkyMed, TerraSAR-X and ALOS-PALSAR. More recently, he started a new research activity related to the development of unsupervised DInSAR algorithms within high performance computing platforms, with particular reference to Cloud Environments. Dr. Casu has been the scientific responsible of several national and international Reserach Project.


Scientific production

ISI journals:

Ruch, J., S. Pepe, F. Casu, V. Acocella, M. Neri, G. Solaro, and E. Sansosti (2012): "How do volcanic rift zones relate to flank instability? Evidence from collapsing rifts at Etna"Geophys. Res. Lett.39, L20311, doi:10.1029/2012GL053683.

Manconi, A., Casu, F. (2012): "Joint analysis of displacement time series retrieved from SAR phase and amplitude: impact on the estimation of volcanic source parameters", Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2012GL052202

Shanker, P., Casu, F., Zebker, H. A., Lanari, R. (2011): “Comparison of Persistent Scatterers and Small Baseline Time-Series InSAR Results: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area”, 8, 4, Geosci. Remote Sens. Lett., pp. 592-596, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2010.2095829.

Casu, F., Manconi, A., Pepe, A., Lanari, R., (2011): “Deformation time-series generation in areas characterized by large displacement dynamics: the SAR amplitude Pixel-Offset SBAS technique”, Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 49, 8, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2010.2104325.

Lanari, R., Berardino, P., Bonano, M., Casu, F., Manconi, A., Manunta, M., Manzo, M., Pepe, A., Pepe, S., Sansosti, E., Solaro, G., Tizzoni, P., Zeni, G. (2010): “Surface displacements associated with the L’Aquila 2009 Mw 6.3 earthquake (Central Italy): new evidence from DInSAR time series analysis”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20309, doi: 10.1029/2010GL044780.

Sansosti, E., Casu, F., Manzo, M., Lanari, R. (2010): “Space-borne radar interferometry techniques for the generation of deformation time series: an advanced tool for Earth’s surface displacement analysis”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20305, doi: 10.1029/2010GL044379.

Trasatti, E., Cianetti, S., Giunchi, C., Bonafede, M., Piana Agostinetti, N., Casu, F., Manzo, M. (2009): “Bayesian source inference of the 1993-97 deformation at Mount Etna (Italy) by numerical solutions”, Geophys. J. Int., 177, 806-814, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04093.x

Fernàndez, J., Tizzani, P., Manzo, M., Borgia, A., Gonzàlez, P. J., Martì, J., Pepe, A., Camacho, A. G., Casu, F., Berardino, P., Prieto, J. F., Lanari, R. (2009): ”Gravity-driven deformation of Tenerife measured by InSAR time series analysis”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L04306, doi: 10.1029/2008GL036920.

Neri, M., Casu, F., Acocella, V., Solaro, G., Pepe, S., Berardino, P., Sansosti, E., Caltabianco, Lundgren, P., Lanari, R. (2009): “Deformation and eruptions at Mt. Etna (Italy): A lesson from 15 years of observations”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, ISSN: 0094-8276, doi: 10.1029/2008GL036151.

Trasatti, E., Casu, F., Giunchi, C., Pepe, S., Solaro, G., Tagliaventi, S., Berardino, P., Manzo, M., Pepe, A., Ricciardi, G. P., Sansosti, E., Tizzani, P., Zeni, G., and Lanari, R. (2008): “The 2004-2006 uplift episode at Campi Flegrei caldera (Italy): Constraints from SBAS-DInSAR ENVISAT data and Bayesian source inference”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L073078, doi: 10.1029/2007GL033091.

Casu, F., Manzo, M., Pepe, A., and Lanari, R. (2008): “SBAS-DInSAR Analysis of Very Extended Areas: First Results on a 60,000 km2 Test Sites”, IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Letters, vol. 5, no. 3, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2008.916199.

Tizzani, P., Berardino, P., Casu, F., Euillades, P., Manzo, M., Ricciardi, G. P., Zeni, G., and Lanari, R. (2008): “Ground deformation of Long Valley caldera and Mono Basin, eastern California, mapped by satellite radar interferometry”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 29, n. 2, pp. 439-441, doi: 10.1080/01431160701264201.

Pepe, A., Manzo, M., Casu, F., Solaro, G., Tizzani, P., Zeni, G., and Pepe, S. (2008): “Surface deformation of active volcanic areas retrieved with the SBAS-DInSAR technique: an overview”, Annals of Geophysics, 51, 1.

Migliaccio, M., Nunziata, F., Bruno, F., and Casu, F. (2007): “Knab Sampling window for InSAR data interpolation”, IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Letters, vol. 4, n. 3, pp. 397-400, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2007.895708.

Lanari, R., Casu, F., Manzo, M., and Lundgren, P. (2007): “Application of the SBAS-DInSAR technique to fault creep: a case study of the Hayward fault, California”, Remote Sensing of Environment, 109, pp. 20-28, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2006.12.003.

Gourmelen, N., Amelung, F., Casu, F., Manzo, M., and Lanari, R. (2007): “Mining-related ground deformation in Crescent Valley, Nevada: Implications for sparse GPS networks”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L09309, doi: 10.1029/2007GL029427.

Tizzani, P., Berardino, P., Casu, F., Euillades, P., Manzo, M., Ricciardi, G. P., Zeni, G., and Lanari, R. (2007): “Surface deformation of Long Valley caldera and Mono Basin, California, investigated with the SBAS-InSAR approach”, Remote Sensing of Environment, 108, pp. 277-289, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2006.11.015

Lanari, R., Casu, F., Manzo, M., Zeni, G., Berardino, P., Manunta, M., and Pepe, A. (2007): “An Overview of the Small BAseline Subset Algorithm: a DInSAR Technique for Surface Deformation Analysis”, Pure appl. geophys., 164, pp. 637-661, doi: 10.1007/s00024-007-0192-9.

Casu F., Manzo M., and Lanari R. (2006): “A quantitative assessment of the SBAS algorithm performance for surface deformation retrieval from DInSAR data”, Remote Sensing of Environment, 102, 3-4, pp. 195-210, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2006.01.023.

Manzo, M., Ricciardi, G. P., Casu, F., Ventura, G., Zeni, G., Borgström, S., Berardino, P., Del Gaudio, C., and Lanari, R. (2006): “Surface deformation analysis in the Ischia island (Italy) based on spaceborne radar interferometry”, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 151, pp. 399–416, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2005.09.010.

Casu, F., Manzo, M., Berardino, P., and Fornaro, G. (2005): “The SBAS approach for Earth Surface Deformation Analysis”, Atti della “FONDAZIONE GIORGIO RONCHI”, Anno LX, n. 4.

Borgia, A., Tizzani, P., Solaro, G., Manzo, M., Casu, F., Luongo, G., Pepe, A., Berardino, P., Fornaro, G., Sansosti, E., Ricciardi, G. P., Fusi, N., Di Donna, G., and Lanari, R. (2005): “Volcanic spreading of Vesuvius, a new paradigm for interpreting its volcanic activity”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L03303, doi: 10.1029/2004GL022155.

Lanari, R., Lundgren, P., Manzo, M., and Casu, F. (2004): “Satellite radar interferometry time series analysis of surface deformation for Los Angeles, California”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L23613, doi: 10.1029/2004GL021294.

Lundgren, P., Casu, F., Manzo, M., Pepe, A., Berardino, P., Sansosti, E., and Lanari, R. (2004): “Gravity and magma induced spreading of Mount Etna volcano revealed by satellite radar interferometry”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L04602, doi: 10.1029/2003GL018736(pdf)




More info